Concordia Theological Monthly

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psalm 139, heart, omniscience, prayer, suffering

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


One must grow up with this psalm to get into the mood of the psalmist and to learn to pray with him. How vividly we remember the first time we read this psalm alone as a child that had just learned to read! What terror it struck into the heart! For a long time this psalm was avoided. Later, much later, when this psalm was encountered again, the terror had all gone. Trust, security, and assurance had taken its place. In the family circle it became known as the "birthday psalm" and is the prayer for that day.


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Job 36:30; Luke 2:14; 2 Chronicles 6:18; Hebrews 4:15; Psalm 139:1-6; Psalm 139:7-12; Psalm 104:2; Psalm 139:13-18; Psalm 139:19-24;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars